Posts Tagged Virginia Tribes

Years-long battle over sacred Monacan site ends in preservation

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Members of the Monacan Indian Nation declared victory Wednesday in a years-long battle to prevent construction on a sacred spot along the James River.

As Mallory Noe-Payne reports, local officials have agreed to an alternative path for a water pipeline; one that archeologists say won’t impact native burial grounds. 

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Bill to Recognize Virginia Indian Tribes Passes House

Robert Wittman

A measure to recognize Virginia’s six tribes from Republican Representative Rob Wittman, seen here at a committee hearing in 2011, passed the House this week. (Credit: AP Photo / Carolyn Kaster)

Virginia Indian tribes have been working to gain federal recognition since the 1970’s, so far unsuccessfully. But this week in Congress both the House and Senate took action that is giving supporters of the effort new hope. Michael Pope has the story.

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